Cougars double up Rockets for first win of the season

The Prince George Cougars picked up their first win of the 2018-2019 regular season Wednesday, doubling up the Kelowna Rockets 4-2 at Prospera Place. It was the Cougars first of nine meetings with the Rockets this season. Vladislav Mikhalchuk was named the game’s first star, as he finished with a goal and an assist.

Losing Streak Snapped: Wednesday, the Cougars won in Kelowna for the first time in nearly two years; a run of six-straight losses. Before tonight, the last Cougars win at Prospera Place was on November 15, 2016, also a 4-2 win. Tonight, was the first of nine meetings between the Cougars and Rockets this season. They play each three times in the next four days. 

Power Surge: Ryan Schoettler’s first period power-play ended an 0-11 run for the Cougars power-play to start the season. The penalty-kill was excellent too, killing-off all seven power-plays surrendered. The penalty-kill is 16-19 in the first three-games of the season.

Up Next:The Cougars head home for a weekend doubleheader against the Rockets, starting with the home opener on Friday, sponsored by Ridgeling Roofing. The tailgate party starts at 4:30 pm. Tickets are available at the TicketsNorth box office, or on www.ticketsnorth.ca

Scoring

Cougars– Vladislav Mikhalchuk (1 G, 1 A), Ryan Schoettler (1 G, 1 A), Ethan Browne (2 A), Mike MacLean (1 G), Ilijah Colina (1 G), Joel Lakusta (1 A), Jackson Leppard (1 A).

Rockets– Leif Mattson (1 G, 1 A), Kyle Topping (2 A), Lassi Thomson (1 G), Kayden Korczak (1 A).

Goaltending

Cougars- Taylor Gauthier (Win) 60:00 27/29

Rockets- James Porter (Loss) 59:01 20/23

Power-Play

Cougars- 1/4

Royals- 0/7

Shots

Cougars– 24

Royals- 29